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WHO Fight With the U.S. Highlights Why Africa is So Important to China

African leaders are rallying to the defense of World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus following Tuesday's broadside attack from U.S. President Donald Trump against the health body for failing to move fast enough to contain the COVID-19 outbreak when it first emerged in China ...

If African Leaders Expect China to Cancel Their Debts, They’re Probably Going to be Disappointed

It's been just over two weeks since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed issued the first call on behalf of African leaders for emergency debt relief. Since then, there hasn't been much movement on the issue in part because those appeals were broadly targeted at "international ...

Don’t Write Off China’s Medical Diplomacy in Africa Just Because Nigeria Isn’t Happy About It

There's no doubt that the tremendous backlash against the plan to send an 18-person Chinese medical team to Nigeria is catching Beijing off guard. After all, this isn't how it's supposed to go. In Italy and Serbia, Chinese medical staff were received like heroes coming to save ...

Amid Mounting Fury Over the Arrival of a Chinese Medical Team, Nigerian Leaders Agree to Some Ground Rules

New ground rules have been set for the 18-member Chinese medical team that is expected to arrive in Nigeria sometime this week to help the country combat the spread of COVID-19. Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, met with health ministry officials on Monday to determine the ...

Q&A: Infographic Shows How COVID-19 Made it to Africa

A volunteer group of young professionals and graduate students from around the world recently published a compelling new infographic that uses publicly available datasets to visualize how COVID-19 made its way to Africa. What's interesting here is that despite the widespread concern in many African countries that ...

Why Are so Many Nigerian Doctors and Journalists Upset About a Chinese Medical Team Coming to Advise on COVID-19?

Unlike Chinese aid which was gladly received by the Nigerian government and Nigerians, the public reaction to the news of Chinese medical experts coming to Nigeria is a different story. Last Friday, the Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire,

China Sends Medical Teams to Africa as Part of New, Stepped-up Aid Push

China is boosting its COVID-19 aid efforts in Africa by sending medical teams to various countries and also connecting local health providers across the continent with infectious disease experts back in China. The deployment of medical personnel to countries like Algeria and, soon, Nigeria, is part of ...

Malawian Farmers Need More Than Just Training to Boost Crop Yields

Drive 35km south from Salima town, in the central region of Malawi you will see a signpost on the side of the road that reads “China Aid Malawi Agriculture Technology Development Centre”. And then you drive another 500 meters from ...

Ambassador Lin Songtian’s Recall Signals Shifts Ahead in China-Africa Relationship

The sudden recall from South Africa of Chinese ambassador Lin Songtian was initially interpreted as being a demotion. But the contrary appears to be true – it now looks as though his deft use of Twitter has propelled him into another role: A combatant in the growing ...

China’s COVID-19 Donation Spree Picks Up Pace in Africa

China's embassies across Africa are coordinating both public and private donations to local stakeholders battling the spread of COVID-19. The donations appear to be part of a larger Chinese strategy to raise Beijing's profile as a leading provider of humanitarian assistance, particularly to lesser developed countries.
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